Cr8vo, LXI, 443pp. Original hardcover in blue cloth, black embossed on front board and gold embossed on a faded and aged sound spine still in good condition with stressed corners and upper edges of both boards now protected in clear archival covering, text in remarkably good condition for a well read book with no major tears or loose pages but still appropriate age discolouration on the light green decorated endpapers, on all edges and throughout the book. A neat prior owner’s inscription is on the title page from Xmas ’88. This gem of a first edition is fascinating reading and was developed from the journal of a doctor in the US Navy over 135 years ago. Dr Kane was commissioned to “conduct an expedition to the Arctic Seas in search of Sir John Franklin) by the USN in December 1852. There are seventy-six excellent original amateur illustrations from engravings and a beautiful fold-out map inserted before the first chapter. The printing is quite small but appropriate for the time and the compact nature of the detailed book adds to its exquisite aged character. The Franklin expedition involving two boats (HMS Erebus and Terror) that were both abandoned in April 1848, has been the subject of enormous research and study over the years with no survivors from the 129 men that set sail in 1845.